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Why is quitting the Chinese Army punishable?

I've been looking at an Article from Business Insider with the title "If you leave the Chinese military, the government can make your life a living hell" which states The official news ...
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What caused (or is strongly correlated with) the Democrat swing (relative to 1994) in the 2018 Massachusetts gubernatorial election?

The swing was about 4 percentage points statewide. But it appears to be concentrated in certain areas of the state, like the western area and (to a smaller degree) the more populated east with and ...
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What is the difference between a business and a government?

During my attempts at elaborating any prior research or analysis, I realized I was answering the question myself. I will post that partial answer below. Nonetheless, one thing which I deliberately do ...
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To what extent will Canada's prime minister and its governor general coordinate the upcoming Throne Speech with the queen?

After seeing Al Jazeera's Canada’s COVID-19 recovery plan to dominate Trudeau throne speech Justin Trudeau is set to unveil ‘broad’ plan that includes healthcare and job support when Parliament ...
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How does the government pay for large purchases?

What are the logistics of the government purchasing an aircraft carrier? ACH has a 9 digit limit for example. Do they enter 10 separate payments for a $10B aircraft carrier into Netsuite and click &...
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What position & power does the Church of England assume in the upper house of Lords?

Church of England Church of England The Church of England (C of E) is the established church of England.[3][4][5] The Archbishop of Canterbury is the most senior cleric, although the monarch is the ...
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What are reliable indicators of a third world or non developed nation?

Singapore went from third world to first world in ~30 years. So I posit that the reverse is possible too. I want to objectively know if US, as place to live, is on the decline. To that effect, what ...
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Why in the age of the internet are we not moving towards a republican direct democracy model? [closed]

Direct democracy Direct democracy or pure democracy is a form of democracy in which people decide on policy initiatives directly. This differs from the majority of currently established democracies, ...
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Is politics the reason behind the US having so many news channels? [closed]

The US strongly adheres to the separation of state and church, however it seems that the US cannot separate news and politics. Has this bias caused or contributed to the influx of alphabet news ...
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Is the federal government of the United States meant to primarily represent the States or the people?

It is an important distinction insofar as sometimes the common interests of the States differ from that of the people. Clearly some elements such as the Senate and Judiciary are meant to represent the ...
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Has any government throughout history banned foreign currencies?

Has any government throughout history banned foreign currencies? It happened in Zimbabwe in 2019 for example. How about other countries? I'm also interested in broader answers, like governments ...
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How do leaders choose between lives and money?

Amid the current pandemic many governments imposed heavy social restrictions in an attempt to flatten the curve and thereby save lives, and those restrictions take their toll on the economies. For ...
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How does the state government's organizational structure chart look like in India? [closed]

Need to understand the categories and positions like a flow chart from Chief minister to the low-level cadre of the Government in India. I searched for it in Google but nowhere found it.
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Where does Operation Warp Speed fit in the US government (or GSEs) structure?

Recently announced: "That means big and it means fast," [Trump] said of Operation Warp Speed. "A massive scientific, industrial and logistical endeavour unlike anything our country has ...
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What are the practical and effective feedback mechanism that normal citizens can use to present their views to the government?

As a normal citizen, one of the problems in our political system is that the government lacks positive feedback from normal citizens, like me. For example, let's say the government introduces a new ...
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What can cause a government to collapse in France?

In France, how can a government be forced to resign? Are there any examples of this occurring?
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How does Australia's National Cabinet differ from COAG?

As a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Australia formed a National Cabinet on March 13th, consisting of the Prime Minister and the premiers and chief ministers of the Australian states and ...
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Who is responisble for physically removing a President from the White House if they refuse to leave? [duplicate]

In the United States of America, if the sitting President refuses to leave office after losing an election or getting impeached and convicted, who is responsible for physically removing them from the ...
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How long has the role of Chief Adviser to the Prime Minister existed in the UK?

Currently in the UK, Dominic Cummings is the Prime Minister's Chief Adviser. I am trying to learn about this position, but cannot find much information about it. How long has this position existed ...
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Is it (still) possible to create an anonymous shell company in the UK? If not, when did they actually implement checks on that?

From "the missing Crypto Queen" (a BBC story on the OneCoin scam): He takes the first one on the list and looks it up on the Companies House website. Everything is meant to be transparent - ...
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Have any governments proposed relaxing drug/vaccine development requirements for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Given that a vaccine or an effective treatment for COVID-19 is the best way out of the current crisis, it seems logical that governments would take a "no holds barred" approach to making it happen as ...
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Have non-health government officials in Western countries (besides the US) publicly pushed for specific medications for Covid-19 contra PH officials?

There has been some level disagreement publicly aired in the US between Trump/Navarro and Fauci on the use of hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19. The president and his allies, however, have continued to ...
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Did the government of Greece approve 'haircuts' on citizen's deposits to reduce the damage of the 2008 financial crisis?

Some time ago I saw an interview with Andreas Antonopoulos where he was talking about the 2008 financial crisis in Greece. During the interview he mentions the government wanting to take a 20% haircut ...
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Has (or have) the CDC “internal” memo(s) on the public use of masks been officially published or are they leaked?

A WaPo article stated that: March 31 Federal officials debating whether to recommend that face coverings be routinely worn in public are responding to increasing evidence that infected people without ...
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Have any countries that are currently in lockdown published a detailed long-term exit plan?

Currently almost every country around the world is in a state of lockdown. However all of them seem to be in a state of 'indefinite' lockdown, with no long-term plan published anywhere. Has any ...
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How are elections conducted in China?

Whenever any topic is discussed about China, either with friends or over the internet, it always boils down to the government type in China. In fact, it always comes down to an absolutely ...
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Is it correct that in the state of Ohio, USA the governor can demand the legislature meet for an emergency session?

As I was following all the drama of the Ohio election suspension yesterday, there were several articles about the initial lawsuit supported by the government. Many of these articles have already been ...
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Are there some international laws which are used to govern election processes in all democracies?

For example, it would be naive to suppose that all the laws of an election process in USA are the same as those in Croatia. So, it seems it is better to suppose that there are some laws specific for ...
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How do large party coalition manage to ensure government stability for a fairly long period of time?

I was recently asking about the large coalitions (5+ parties with members in the government) and I was wondering how do they manage to get stable governments with so many parties that have rather ...
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Is there a summary of Johnson's government plans to defund the BBC (assuming this is correct)?

According to CNN Johnson's government announced plans that pave the way to removing the BBC's public funding model. Johnson's government has been locking horns with the BBC virtually since he came ...
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Why do certain people, in modern times, support the idea of a Brazilian monarchy?

I read from the LA Times that there are monarchists in Brazil who support the idea of the nation returning to a form of monarchy. According to a poll in 2017, about 10.7% support a return to and ...
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Is Samoa truly an elective monarchy?

I have read about how Samoa was created as an elective monarchy when it became independent in 1962. However, from what I read, some question whether Samoa counts as a parliamentary republic (as the ...
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Is there a term in US politics for when the President's party doesn't control (both chambers) of Congress?

In French (and other) semi-presidential systems, when the PM (voted by the assembly) is from a different party than the (directly elected) president, the term "cohabitation" is used. Is there a [...
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Is there any European country that managed to construct a coalition made out of more than five parties?

According to Wikipedia, Finland manages to systematically construct a large coalition government (five parties and even six). I am wondering if this is an isolated case in Europe or not. Question: Is ...
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Do any governments record and archive phone calls by leaders?

A current topic is the summary of a phone call made by the President of the U.S. I have read that no U.S. President since Nixon has recorded calls. Are there any countries/governments that do consider ...
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How can I find policy recommendations as well as scholarly researches on the relationship of “conflict of interest” and “poverty reduction efforts”?

I want to find policy recommendations as well as scholarly researches on the relationship of "conflict of interest" and "poverty reduction efforts". It seems that there exists vast amount of ...
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What is the purpose of initiating the recent changes in the Russian Federation resulting in the “Russian Government Resigning”?

Recently (mid January 2020), there has been much press about the government of the Russian Federation "resigning". From what I understand, these changes were initiated by current Russian Federation ...
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Are there any studies about whether it is better for the government to tell the truth?

I remember once reading a text about the British government sending spies into the underground stations during the Blitz to survey the opinion of the people. The conclusion being, that no matter how ...
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What is meant by “the Russian Government Resigned”?

There have been a number of headlines about the Russian government resignation. This American ABC News article is one example. The reason I ask is that, I don't know the mechanism of the Russian ...
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“Government transplant” been tried? At what scale, and what were the results?

In the "Fall of Rio" short documentary about the drug-related violence in Rio de Janeiro, one of the interviewed drug traffickers said he does what he does because due to the terrible government (...
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Could a (maybe new) voting system, where people would be able to decide their personal supportee at any given moment work? [closed]

I just got a voting system idea (which might or might not be an already existing system) after watching two videos about voting. [1] [2] Disclaimer: The question(s) will be at the end, but the main ...
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Which parties are in the current Romanian government (coalition)?

Confusingly enough, Romania has two liberal parties, one called PNL (National Liberal) which supported the [re-election of] the current president Klaus Iohannis, and another called ALDE (Democrat ...
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Seen from Europe, why is there a hard separation between Republicans and Democrats in the US?

I live in Germany, and it seems completely strange to see a stable separation between Republicans and Democrats, and even somewhat near half of the votes for each. I see that the number of two ...
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Cabinets in USA (presidential) and UK (parliamentary) system difference? [closed]

What differences are there in the way the cabinets work between the UK, with their parliamentary system, and the USA, with their presidential system?
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Can the United Kingdom Legislature legislate anything it wants?

This question arises from an answer to a question here regarding Parliamentary Sovereignty. If the UK Parliament was to legislate for something, assuming it didn't violate international treaties etc., ...
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To what extent can a government control satellite internet compared to internet from a local ISP?

I've been thinking about Elon Musk's internet over satellite project. It requires a receiver to use this internet service and customers pay directly to his company for the service. This made me think,...
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How are letters between governments being transported and delivered?

Recently, it became somewhat common for governments to publish letters, like the two examples given below. I just wonder: How are those letters between governments and/or international organizations ...
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Minimum number of MPs

In recent years there has been a period of recess in the UK parliament to allow for party conferences. This year however parliament was prorogued and while this action was ultimately overturned it did ...
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What's the significance of forcing someone to hand over a resignation as opposed to simply firing them?

There are cases where the calling party has no authority, for example Jeremy Corbyn calling on Boris Johnson to resign but then there are cases where the asking party has legal authority but still ...
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Why does the US Federal Election Commision currently not have quorum? [duplicate]

It's been mentioned in many news pieces about Yang's novel use of campaign funds that the US FEC cannot currently rule on it because it doesn't have quorum. So, why doesn't the FEC have quorum? It is ...

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